Personality and History
Characteristics: Good follower. Richard says he's unremarkable:
always where he's supposed to be--and that's what makes him
remarkable. Dan says #6 doesn't like him. "He's a tough
bird who stands his ground but he's not aggressive."
Fall 2005: Began migration with #201 on November 17. They arrived at Jasper-Pulaski SWA, northwestern Indiana, in late afternoon. He and #201 were at Hiwassee (TN) when the 2005 ultralight chicks were there at the end of November. #306 was still at Hiwassee as of Dec. 14. They arrived at Lake Woodruff NWR, Florida, on December 20--where they spent the winter of 2004-05.
Spring 2006: Began migration from Florida to Wisconsin (with #201) on March 27 or 28. No reports received during migration. He and #201 were found back on their territory in Wood County, WI on April 6.
Fall 2006: Began migration from Wisconsin's Necedah NWR on November 9 (along with #201). They roosted that night in northern Illinois. They were in Daviess County, Indiana on Nov. 24. In December they safely made it to their winter territory on a wildlife refuge in Volusia County, FL.
Spring 2007: Began migration from Volusia County, FL on Mar.7. Confirmed back in Wisconsin's Juneau County (with mate #201) during an aerial survey on March 23. On May 17 they were reported building their first nest. On July 12, the decomposed carcass was found on his territory in Juneau County, Wisconsin. He was on a dry marsh and flightless due to molt (loss and regrowth of feathers). He was killed by a predator, apparently a large mammal. Tracking data indicated that he died on or about July 6. This area of Central Wisconsin was drought-stricken. No water was present in the immediate area where the death occurred. The only standing water on the territory was near the dikes, and very little cover was available to a molting bird.